By Wesley Campbell and Stephen Court
I usually have about a dozen or so books on the go at any given time, books on the ‘to-read’ shelf. This particular book is one that I got over 8 years ago, but only now am getting around to reading. But the timing is right. I have had an increasing interest in social justice and mercy ministries in the past couple of months, and this book didn’t disappoint. Here are some of my favourite quotes from this book:
“The Holy Spirit is the Hero-maker… Heroes don’t need miraculous births or blessed upbringings… Every person can be a hero.”
“Our heroes don’t wear their boxers on the outside. They don’t show up on Saturday morning television. Most don’t leap over tall buildings in a single bound. The Bible sometimes calls them champions, or warriors, or valiant men, “the mighties,” or mighty men… People are heroes, and even God is a hero.”
“Everyone wants to be a hero and God knows that – it is one of the noblest impulses He placed in people.”
“Jesus… is all about the marginalized. His standard for Kingdom choice seemed, in Matthew 2, to be all about feeding hungry people, clothing naked people, visiting sick people, befriending lonely people, attending imprisoned people.”
“The wars of the Lord are fought with the weapons of justice, compassion, and righteousness to establish mercy, justice, compassion, and righteousness on the earth.”
“Christianity is heroism.” (Catherine Booth Jr.)
“There are 2,103 verses of Scripture pertaining to the poor… It is not all about the things that the church bangs on about. It is not about sexual immorality… It is about the poor. “I was naked and you clothed Me. I was as stranger and you let Me in.” This is at the heart of the gospel. Why is it that we have seemed to have forgotten this? Why isn’t the church leading the movement?” (Bono).
“A contemporary primer on social justice: To strategize effectively we must know the lay of the land, the social conditions of the world. There are seven scourges in millennium three, seven deadly sins if you will, that the end-time harvest must address as the Hero Army accomplishes as righteous revolution… Our Seven Deadly Sins are sins against humanity:
- Dirt Poor
- Children in Chains
- Orphans of the Street
- Sex and the City
- AIDS and Plagues
- War-Affected Children
- Religious Persecution
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8).
“So what’s the answer? Be a hero.”
“It’s a simple call for every Christian everywhere, to become exactly what Jesus told us to be – a Good Samaritan, just one true disciple who loves his neighbor as himself. To be a Christian – to be a hero.”
“Heroes in every generation, as the revivalists in Thoreau’s day, “were seized by a vision that faithful people are called to extraordinary lives of kindness and service, and they were not ashamed to announce to people; that God calls them not to blandness but to heroes.”
For more info about Be a Hero, click HERE.